"Ex-governors James Ibori, Alamieyeseigha are victims of Niger Delta struggle" - Governor Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has said that former Delta State governor, James Ibori and the late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha were victims of the Niger Delta struggle. Dickson made the comment on Wednesday, April 5, when Ibori paid a visit to the Government House in Yenagoa.

“Both of you are victims of the Niger Delta struggle. You brought our people together to ensure fiscal federalism, resource control and other issues. You did very well,” Dickson said.
“You and your late brother were victims in the struggle. He was harassed and hounded to his untimely death. But the Ijaw nation cannot be intimidated. We will work with allies and friends to stand up for the right causes. We lost him at a most difficult time.”
 “Nobody in this nation will build and sustain leaders for us. Let’s learn from others. Can we say their leaders are better than ours? They were celebrating when he died.
“Their calculation was to intimidate us and make southern Ijaw a battleground. With the resilience of our people, we won. You are not just a leader of Delta State. You are our leader. Niger Delta cannot stand in isolation,” he added
Ibori, on his part, said he was in Yenagoa, “to commiserate with the people and Government of Bayelsa State over the loss of my dear friend, brother, comrade and soul mate, who died a year ago.”

Alamieyeseigha, a former Bayelsa governor, died of a supposed cardiac arrest in October 2015.